For the Detroit Lions, good news came on Friday with Reggie Bush showing up able to practice. He’s still officially questionable for Monday Night, but the extra day should help. As we all saw against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Lions really need their running attack at full force to have a chance against good offensive teams. Joique Bell is an excellent back, but for what the Lions do on offensive, they need the variety and the one-two punch. Bush and Bell will be key to their massive game against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Matthew Stafford will have to spread out the ball and rack up some major points against the Ravens. The defense for the Lions has never been that great in the secondary, and some recent injuries to Darius Slay and Chris Houston will continue to hinder their success. With a great quarterback like the Ravens’ Joe Flacco, one of the few real starting quarterbacks the Lions have faced in recent games, the Ravens have a chance to slice and dice the Lions all over the field. With a strong running attack from both Bush and Bell, the Lions might be able to open up the passing game a little more, and rack up enough touchdowns to give the defense a cushion.
The key word in that statement was “touchdown”, because the Lions will absolutely need to score touchdowns, and not field goals, whenever possible. At the goal line, a nice mixture of Bell and the usual jump balls to Calvin Johnson should rack up points. However, Bush may need to break a few to add on to that. Also, both Bush and Bell need to get involved in the passing game on screens, and work hard to get open and ready on check down plays.
It will be an awesome game all around Monday Night. If Bush and Bell can produce, it should be a win for the Lions.